Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

How can I restore my old photo backups in iPhoto?

Episode 1750

Doug from West Hollywood, CA

Doug is a singing voice teacher who recently upgraded his MacAir with the new Apple M1 design. Leo says that Doug is the ideal candidate for the M1. But what Doug is experiencing is issues with his backups being restored. What Leo recommends is to use the old computer to upload all your photos and videos to iCloud. Use the most recent version you can. The way the old iPhoto used to store them is in a big blob. Go to the Pictures folder and R/C on the library. Select "open contents." There you will see the original photos folder. Copy that over.

What's a good video editor for trimming home movies?

Episode 1749

Mark from California

Mark upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Now he needs some cheap, but easy to use video editing software to edit his family home movies and digitize them. Leo says that since Windows dropped Windows Movie Maker, there isn't one available native to the OS anymore. But there are better alternatives out there. Leo recommends Adobe Premiere Elements. It's capable and under $100. A great version that has about 80% the tools of the professional Creative Cloud version.

How Can I Batch Process Thousands of Images?

PixInsight

Episode 1748

Richard from South Texas

Richard is a night sky photographer, and he uses photoshop to create time lapses. He would like to apply the same photo settings to thousands of images he has already taken. Is there a batch mode that can do that? The chatroom says that there is a tool called PixInsight (Windows, macOS X, Linux), which has scripting that can perform that task. There's also a handy color management tool. There's also LR TimeLapse.

Is there an alternative to Google Photos?

Google Photos

Episode 1746

Micah from Maine

Micah wants to talk about Google's decision to eliminate free unlimited storage in June of 2021. Moving forward, your storage will come out of your Google Drive allotment, which is 15GB free. After that, you will have to pay for additional storage. The good news though, is until June 2021, you can continue to upload unlimited, and it won't count against your allotment. But starting June 2021, any additional photos will be subject to the new rules. So users will have to consider whether to keep their photos there and pay for additional storage or move on to another option.